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  • Lavender Waxbills By Gerhard Hofmann

    For many aviculturists, the Lavender Waxbill is without doubt among the most fascinating and attractive Estrildid finches. In the past, the species was readily available and as imports also cheap. As a consequence only a few breeders invested their time and devotion to successfully breed this species. In Germany you could get a pair for […]
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  • The Coscoroba Swan (Coscoroba coscoroba)

    The Coscoroba Swan is the smallest species of swan, slightly smaller than the Black-necked Swan (Cygnus melanocoryphus). It occurs naturally in South America, where it inhabits well-vegetated swamps and lagoons. It has no recognized subspecies (monotypic). Its name was derived from its calls that sound like “cos-cor-o-ba”. The females are commonly referred to as “pens” […]
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  • Duyvenbode Lory (Chalcopsitta duyvenbodei)

    Duyvenbode’s Lories are also sometimes called “Brown Lory”. This beautiful Lory is one of a kind. No other parrot has a colour scheme of rich brown, yellow and violet. The predominant colour is dark brown, which contrasts with the striking crescent of bright yellow extending from the loreds and encircling the lower mandible. Forehead, underwing […]
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  • The Barraband or Superb Parakeet

    One of three species of parrots belonging to the Polytelis family (Polytelis swainsonii), the other two species being the Princess Parrot (Polytelis alexandrae) and the Rock Pebbler or Regent Parrot (Polytelis anthopeplus). Although the name ‘Barraband’ is used in New Zealand to designate this species, in its native home of Australia it is primarily known […]
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  • Introduction to Rosellas

    One sixth of the world’s species of parrots are Australian. Rosellas belong to the genus Platycercus and are often referred to as broad-tailed parrots, as the word Platycercus means flat or broad tailed. Rosellas can be found in all Australian States including Tasmania generally along the coastline. Rosellas are divided into two groups. One group […]
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  • Turacos in Aviculture

    Almost without exception people admire the beautiful Turacos, “Loeries” we used to call them; for example the beautiful green Knysna Loerie and in KwaZulu Natal we have the Purple-crested Loerie. These birds are not only beautiful, they are also interesting with regards to the pigments in their feathers. The red pigment, turacin, especially visible in […]
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  • The Red-lored Amazon Parrot

    Amazon Parrots, as we all know, have long been a favorite among aviculturists world wide. With their beautiful colors, amazing personalities and their variety of different species and sub-species, it is clear why they have been so intriguing and popular. In this article we are going to take a closer look at a popular species […]
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  • GERMAN ROLLER CANARIES by Anesh Singh (Quality Birds)

    Introduction and History The Canary is a small bird in the finch family and is native to the Azores, the Canary Islands and Madeira. Depending on its genetic make-up and, most importantly, the quality of its diet, the life expectancy of a canary is between 10 -15 years. Canaries that we all know and see […]
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  • Incubators and incubating tips for bird and parrot breeders

      I am sure most of us dream about breeding our birds without having to resort to incubating and hand rearing, a task we all know is not to be undertaken lightly. Sooner or later there comes a time when artificial incubation is necessary not only to save an egg or chick, but also to […]
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  • Colour inheritance in the Gouldian Finch: A breeder’s guide – Article by Gustav Schellack With photographs courtesy of Marek Buranský

    Introduction The Gouldian Finch (Erythrura gouldiae) is a truly remarkable avicultural subject. It is viewed by many enthusiasts as one of the icons of modern-day aviculture, and its breathtaking beauty and stunning polymorphism (see head colour inheritance) has made it a firm favourite with bird keepers the world over. The Gouldian Finch has been known […]
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